from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several folds of the peritoneum that connect the intestines to the dorsal abdominal wall, especially such a fold that envelops the jejunum and ileum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The membrane that attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen, maintaining their position in the abdominal cavity, and supplying them with blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The membranes, or one of the membranes (consisting of a fold of the peritoneum and inclosed tissues), which connect the intestines and their appendages with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity. The mesentery proper is connected with the jejunum and ilium, the other mesenteries being called mesocæcum, mesocolon, mesorectum, etc.
- n. One of the vertical muscular radiating partitions which divide the body cavity of Anthozoa into chambers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, a fold or duplicature of peritoneum investing the intestine or other abdominal viscus wholly or in part, and serving to retain such viscus in its proper position in the abdominal cavity.
- n. In zoology, some structure like a mesentery; a perivisceral or mesenteric septum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a double layer of peritoneum that attaches to the back wall of the abdominal cavity and supports the small intestines
Middle English mesenterie, from Medieval Latin mesenterium, from Greek mesenterion : meso-, meso- + enterion, diminutive of enteron, entrails; see en in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek μέσος (mesos, "middle") + ἔντερον (enteron, "gut") (Wiktionary)